Joseph and Jill met on one of those proverbial blind dates, except they weren't 20-something's frustrated with the dating scene and giving in to an awkward setup by their married friends who felt sorry for them. Well, maybe their married friends did feel sorry for them, but they were two adults, 30-something's, both divorced, Joseph fighting for custody of his three children, Jill having just broken off an engagement and still figuring out how to heal from losing a baby and five months later losing her leg in a car accident just a couple years before. Both were wondering "what's next?" both were broken.
Jill's friend called her one day to see how she was doing, and to see if she would be interested in meeting a friend of her husband. "He's a friend Drew went to high school with. He's a really nice guy, a bit eccentric; he has an interesting mustache". Jill hadn't seen her friend in quite a long time and was excited just to be doing something fun. In the mean time, Drew was making his phone call to Joseph and the date was set.
After their 3rd date Joseph and Jill knew they were going to be together forever. Dating this time around was easy because they both knew what they wanted in a partner, they had open conversations; the kinds of conversations "Dating for Dummies" would suggest not having on a second or third date: "Do you want to get remarried some day?" "Do you want children?" "How do you like the Lasagna rolls I cooked for you?" Being with each other brought back the light in both Joseph's and Jill's life. They know just how lucky they are to have each other.
Having a second chance at a happy life, they wanted to do things completely different; they wanted to harness their feelings of love, excitement, freedom, and passion into their lifestyle. They knew that this would force a change in every aspect: Their careers, where they lived, and their relationship with their environment. Their home couldn't be just a house to leave every morning for work, and a place to rest their weary heads at night; their home had to foster a lifestyle of work, creativity, joy, laughter, kindness, learning, and self sufficiency. A lifestyle like this had to have a name to represent all of their passions. Jill recalls: "I can still see the moment we decided on the name of our home/business/lifestyle. We were driving in beautiful Cache Valley in Northern Utah, discussing our plans and philosophies, when Joseph belted out 'Eidolon! I heard the word in grad. school; it's a Greek word and it means something about a phantom, a spirit of creativity.'" That was it. That one word encapsulated everything they wanted for their new life. And so Eidolon House was born.
"The prophet and the bard,
Shall yet maintain themselves, in higher stages yet,
Shall mediate to the Modern, to Democracy, interpret yet to them,
God and eidolons.
And thee my soul,
Joys, ceaseless exercises, exaltations,
Thy yearning amply fed at last, prepared to meet,
Thy mates, eidolons.
Thy body permanent,
The body lurking there within thy body,
The only purport of the form thou art, the real I myself,
An image, an eidolon." - Walt Whitman
Read more about Joseph's and Jill's educational & professional background HERE!